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Working As A Network Engineer Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $82,957

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Engineer Technician Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Engineer Technician

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Network Engineer Technician Career Paths

Network Engineer Technician
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Consulting Network Engineer Lead Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consulting Network Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Representative Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Manager 3.9 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Consultant 2.3 years
Network Assistant 1.8 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Network Engineer Technician
Technician 4.2%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Careers After Network Engineer Technician
Engineer 4.0%
Consultant 2.8%

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Network Engineer Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

90.1%

Female

8.1%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

Carrier

21.9%

Italian

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

French

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Scots

3.1%
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Network Engineer Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Strayer University

7.9%

University of Maryland - University College

6.7%

Community College of the Air Force

6.7%

Western Governors University

5.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Wake Technical Community College

4.5%

Colorado Technical University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Florida International University

4.5%

Hawaii Pacific University

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

Rogers State University

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Barry University

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

3.4%

Cochise College

3.4%

Western Washington University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

14.9%

Business

12.7%

Information Technology

12.1%

Computer Information Systems

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

11.2%

Computer Networking

9.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Engineering

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Fine Arts

1.7%

Management

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Computer Systems Security

1.3%

Engineering Technology

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.8%

Other

25.5%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

14.0%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Network Engineer Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 11, 2011 $127,500
Network Engineer, Technical Operations Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 24, 2011 $127,500
IT Network Engineer Staff Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 25, 2015 $118,000 -
$140,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 12, 2015 $111,509 -
$149,600
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 25, 2012 $110,000 -
$120,000
Network Engineer Technical Specialist New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Nov 02, 2009 $110,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 15, 2015 $108,548 -
$149,600
Staff IT Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jul 11, 2016 $103,875 -
$150,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 13, 2016 $100,110 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer, Interm Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 31, 2013 $98,789 -
$106,930
Technical Advisor, Network Engineering Six Continents Hotels, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Apr 16, 2014 $94,016
Network Engineer/Tecgnician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $93,915
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $93,915
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. NJ May 03, 2011 $93,915
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 27, 2011 $93,200 -
$148,900
IT Network Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2014 $90,264 -
$94,810
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Feb 05, 2013 $87,300 -
$130,900
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 05, 2013 $87,300 -
$130,900
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Nov 15, 2010 $84,600 -
$130,300
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2009 $83,000 -
$128,700
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 22, 2010 $83,000 -
$128,700
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 31, 2016 $82,854 -
$96,002
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer, Interm Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $82,576 -
$123,600
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Bridgeton, MO Dec 01, 2010 $81,393
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Bridgeton, MO Oct 01, 2010 $81,393

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Top Skills for A Network Engineer Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Computer
  3. Routers
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  • Assist IT Customer Service representatives with network troubleshooting and port activation for new or existing users when needed.
  • Completed installation and deployment of 200-computer LAN automating 17 separate offices.
  • Install, maintain and manage cabling, switches, hubs, routers, and services that make up the network backbone.
  • Maintain Implement and Monitor E-Mail and URL, Printer and File Remote Access Servers and Support the technical staff and clients.
  • Planned and implemented network operating procedures within a LAN/WAN environment.

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